How Much Rainforest Has Been Destroyed in History?

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In known history, it is estimated that rainforests once covered approximately 14 percent of the earth’s surface. In 1996, this figure had dropped down to 6 percent and continues to drop rapidly due to poor agricultural practices, over logging and population increase. This means that over half of the original species have been destroyed as well.
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